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Ana Ivanovic joins the humanitarian action for flood victims

Belgrade, 19 May 2014 – Ana Ivanovic, UNICEF Serbia National Ambassador, visited UNICEF offices in Belgrade today when she donated 1 million dinars for those affected by the “catastrophic” floods that struck Serbia in the last few days.  UNICEF Representative for Serbia, Michel Saint-Lot, met with the Serbian tennis player to discuss other possible actions for support of children and families affected by the disaster.

Ana Ivanovic talked about the importance of uniting now for children, as well as the dedication and willingness of the entire nation to help those in need that touched her.
“I find it extremely hard to watch the scale of the disaster that struck Serbia, but I was also touched to see how many people showed their generosity and willingness to help. I know that UNICEF is already on the ground, ensuring that all children get the help they need. This donation is only the beginning as I am afraid that the difficult times are yet to come. We must stick together and place all our efforts to ensure we overcome this difficult situation, as it is extremely sad to see all the disturbing images and I know that many children are suffering”, said Ana Ivanovic.

UNICEF Representative in Serbia, Michel Saint-Lot, said: “In this tragedy that hit Serbia, we are pleased to receive the support of our friend and UNICEF National Ambassador, Ana Ivanovic, whose donation to UNICEF will help more than one thousand affected families. With her support we will be able to provide hygiene kits, as well as most urgent supplies that will allow families to get through this period before they go back home and try to resume a normal life. Again UNICEF is standing ready to support the Government of Serbia and with the help of all our national ambassadors will ensure that families at risk are being supported”.

Ana Ivanovic met with the UNICEF team of experts and volunteers who were going to provide the necessary psycho-social support to the children and families who are temporary accommodated in the collective centres.  UNICEF has prepared educational materials, toys and books that the teams have been distributing in shelters, in order to provide the necessary help to children who have lost everything and have been traumatised by this situation.

 

 
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